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Sue graduated in Ergonomics from Loughborough University and immediately joined its Human Sciences and Advanced Technology (HUSAT) Research Institute in 1979. She moved from there to the University of Plymouth in 2000 to become Research Fellow, evaluating partnership working in the Plymouth Health Action Zone where she developed a research interest in public sector management.

Having attained her MSc in Social Research with Distinction in 2003, Sue won an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) PhD studentship by open competition for a thesis on inter-agency information sharing in public services and was subsequently awarded her PhD in 2008, by which time Sue had joined Yorkshire Forward, the Yorkshire and Humber regional development agency as Evaluation Manager.

In January 2011, Sue went to the University of Bradford School of Management, initially as a post-doctoral researcher and from 2014 as Lecturer.

Sue joined the Department of Management in the Business School at the University of Huddersfield, as Senior Lecturer, in 2018. Sue also holds a PGC (Higher Education Practice) with distinction and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has been a grant holder for two ESRC grants, one as Principal Investigator and one as a Co-Investigator.

Research Expertise and Interests

I have two main strands of research which appear unrelated but in fact have a lot in common. One is learning how to improve inter-service (or agency or organisation) information sharing in the delivery of public services. The other is understanding how to support organisations to create inclusive environments, specialising in the support of teams that include a member with a diagnosis of dementia. These two apparently disparate research areas have at least three things in common: a) understanding the experience of those with different perspectives within a workforce (or workforces), b) balancing sometimes conflicting models of professional ethics, c) managing organisational change. I am interested in research that focuses on the two main topics or the three aspects that combine them. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Academic Advisor , Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing


Research Expertise and Interests

  • information sharing
  • dementia
  • public sector reform
  • inclusive work environment
  • professional ethics
  • partnership working
  • managing change


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